At the start of this year I shared with you our intention to promote students becoming more active in their education. Be it engaging with curriculum plans during lessons, taking part in enrichment activities or having positive meetings with our coaches to talk about future aspiration, students have risen to the challenge.

I hope that for many of you, you have received positive communication from us about how your child is progressing, either as a report, parent meeting or phone call. Please know that we are always here to answer questions you may have or to offer additional support.

Our Project Based Learning week has been as packed as ever with students getting access to resources and activities that make us who we are. I have listed below just a few things that were on offer this week.

  • University visits
  • Speed networking with employers
  • Year 13 careers fair (with jobs on offer)
  • My Bank money talks
  • Games development and ideas pitching
  • Mental health first aid from Dick Moore
  • Creative media productions of revision shorts
  • Online safety talks
  • Drug and gang awareness talks from HYPE and St Giles Trust
  • Relationship talks with Brook

As part of our continued quality assurance process we undertook a review of our Business and Creative Media departments last week. Amongst lesson observations and work scrutinies we also interviewed student panels in all year groups. In Business, students commented that they had really good feedback lessons and they enjoyed the case studies they are presented with. Many Creative Media students said they had been inspired to pursue a career in content production as a result of their enjoyment of our courses.

With many of our students facing mock exams next term (further details below) I would encourage light revision during the break. These habits are hard to form and begin with the smallest of steps. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 21st February.